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Rats & Mice: The Dirty Details

RATS & MICE - EVICTION NOTICE - All Unwanted Guests Must Leave THEY'RE EVERYWHERE Rats and mice can be found in every city, town and farm in the United States. They're closely linked to populated areas because man provides them with their three basic needs: food,shelter and water. 20.% PER YEAR Amount of the world's food that is eaten or contaminated by rats and mice. 25% Estimated percentage of "unknown origin" fires that are believed to have been started by rodent damaged electrical wires. 1209 The House Mouse arrived in North America with early European settlers. MILLION Estimated annual cost in the U.S. for Rodent Management Services. CRITTER CHARACTERISTICS House Mouse 2.75 IN. - 3.75 IN. 12 – 30G Norway Rat UP TO 15.75 IN. 350 – 500G MICE RATS • Head large relative to body • Snout sharp & triangular • Ears larger relative to head • Eyes large relative to head • Feet small relative to body • Tail thin & longer than body • Head smaller relative to body • Snout blunt & chunky • Ears smaller relative to head • Eyes smaller relative to head • Feet large relative to body • Tail thick & shorter than body DIRTY DETAILS 18,090 го- 25,000 FECAL FACTS PER YEAR ONE MOUSE PER DAY House Mouse: Scattered 1.125" APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF DROPPINGS BY A SINGLE RODENT Norway Rat: Grouped PER YEAR 68 ONE RAT PER DAY |.75" .70" ASSOCIATED DISEASES Bubonic Plague, Rat Bite Fever, Leptospirosis, Hantavirus, Trichinosis, Infectious Jaundice, Rat Mite Dermititis, Salmonellosis, Pulmonary Fever and Typhus. Mice have been linked to Asthma. INFESTATION SIGNS Underestimating the number of rodents in a home can lead to a substantial rodent infestation. Where there is one, there is many more. INDICATORS OF 10 RODENT ACTIVITY Droppings: Usually the first clue of a serious rodent infestation. Common spots to check are kitchen counter, kitchen drawers and cabinets or pantry. Gnawing: Look for holes in walls and ceilings. Burrows: Can be found along ditches, walls or fences and under buildings, low vegetation, woodpiles or concrete slabs. Runways: Rodents will follow the same routes while foraging for food. Grease Marks: Greasy rub marks are caused by a rodent's oily fur repeatedly coming in contact with runway obstacles. Nests: Mouse nests are usually made up of cloth or shredded paper, lined with finely shredded material. Partially Eaten Food: Rodents will leave behind partially eaten food. Live or Dead Rodents: One of the most obvious indicators of a rodent infestation. Sounds: Rodents are active at night and can be heard moving around after dark. Odors: Often you can smell rodent urine or their musky odor, especially in poorly ventilated rooms. PREVENTION 5 IN. KEEP THIS IN MIND A mouse can enter an opening as small as the diameter of a pencil, roughly .25". A rat can enter any opening that's a half inch or more. .25 IN. NO ENTRY ALLOWED The most effective way to prevent a home rodent infestation is to keep them outside. Denying access to their three basic needs, food, water and shelter will greatly reduce the chance of rodent activity around your home. DOORS & WINDOWS GARAGE DOORS STANDING WATER Are a weak spot for homes because they rarely fit as closely as other doors. They also provide easy access to the entire home. Provides rodents the essential amount of Should have weather stripping. Should be closed when not in hydration they need. Check outside faucets use. Doors should have sweeps installed. and gutters for leaks and puddles. VEGETATION FOOD SOURCES GARBAGE Should be kept trimmed and tidy. Compost piles should be tossed frequently. Should not be left Should be stored in a metal container with a sitting outside. Dog & cat food, birdseed and even nuts, berries & honeycomb should be removed. tight lid. Never leave plastic bags of trash sitting outside. SHINE A LIGHT ON THE SITUATION At night, have someone shine a light along the interior of your basement or crawlspace walls while you walk the perimeter of the house. Any small flaws or openings that would normally go unnoticed during day light hours will be exposed. Rentokil Sources: Ehrlich | Western | Presto-X Indiana State Department of Health - Ehrlich Pest Control Experts - Your Local Pest Control Experts Illinois Department of Public Health - ERTY

Rats & Mice: The Dirty Details

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This infographic displays all the dirty details on rodents and offers tips on how to prevent rats and mice from infesting your home.


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